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701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. On loan from the Smithsonian, the coat Andrew Jackson wore during the Battle of New Orleans returns for this groundbreaking exhibition "From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture." This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America's history. Among them is Napoleon's death mask, one of only four in existence. It was made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, who was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's physicians at the time of his death.
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701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
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+1 504-568-6968
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a long time tourist (25 years) and now condo owner (1 1/2 years) we have done the tourist thing at most places. The Cabildo is full of New Orleans history - the Louisiana Purchase was signed there!. Plus, I do a lot of yoga...More

Thank CarolCuster
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice museum on Jackson Square housed in a historic building next to the cathedral. A lot of history and artifacts on 3 floors. Regular admission is $6 with discounts for seniors and children. Some nice paintings and period clothing. There are a few interactive...More

Thank Norine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have spent about two hours there. Their displays on local history are quite broad and sincere. You get to have a feeling of all those major stages and events that NOLA had in its history

Thank vladimir70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was probably about 8, or 10, when I first visited the Cabildo State Museum, with my parents. Then, the interior was rather musty, and it had no air conditioning. Even with all of the windows open, it was oppressively hot, and especially on the...More

Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting look into how different kinds of people ended up in New Orleans. Nice break from the heat and there was a band playing outside.

Thank Joe C
Reviewed June 16, 2017

For just $6 I opted to check out the history side of this museum. It has many interesting displays from early Louisiana history to Battle of New Orleans to great views of Jackson Square. There's even a genuine Napoleon death mask. If you want to...More

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Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

If u r as u informed as I am, you will learn that Spain ruled Louisiana for 40 years after France traded it to Spain before it was transferred back to France and then back to US within days. It also kept a death mask...More

Thank Warren H
Reviewed June 14, 2017

For only six bucks you get to see three floors of some of the most diverse history of any American city hands down. Do this early in your day because after you've been drinking it's hard to concentrate on some of this amazing stuff. This...More

Thank JuanOquendo
Reviewed June 14, 2017

This is part of the Louisiana State Museum system. The building once served as the city hall and the administration building for the Louisiana territory--here the Louisiana Purchase treaty was signed. Today it has exhibits on the history of New Orleans and the Battle of...More

Thank kgilbert78
Reviewed June 14, 2017

A wonderful state history museum with much to see from the very beginnings of the settlement of the state to more current. A special exhibit on the War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans was quite interesting.

Thank sjandrews
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living
lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port
of call for folks in search of a good time and a great
story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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January 26, 2017|
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Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you so much for your interest in the Cabildo. While the Cabildo does not have a gift shop, the 1850 House Museum does! The 1850 House museum is in the Lower Pontalba building on Jackson Square only steps away from... More
Alecx M
November 9, 2016|
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Response from eringall4 | Reviewed this property |
I think you could spend 3 hours and really take your time or just move quickly through and not read every little thing for about an hour.